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hypothesis

 
Noun hypothesis has 3 senses
  1. hypothesis - a proposal intended to explain certain facts or observations
    --1 is a kind of
    proposal
    Derived form: verb hypothesize1
  2. hypothesis, possibility, theory - a tentative theory about the natural world; a concept that is not yet verified but that if true would explain certain facts or phenomena; "a scientific hypothesis that survives experimental testing becomes a scientific theory"; "he proposed a fresh theory of alkalis that later was accepted in chemical practices"
    --2 is a kind of concept, conception, construct
    --2 is a part of theory
    --2 has particulars:
     model, theoretical account, framework; speculation, conjecture; assumption, supposition, supposal
    Derived forms: verb hypothecate2, verb hypothesize1
  3. guess, conjecture, supposition, surmise, surmisal, speculation, hypothesis - a message expressing an opinion based on incomplete evidence
    --3 is a kind of opinion, view
    --3 has particulars: divination
    Derived forms: verb hypothecate2, verb hypothesize1
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